The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 pair of Aron Canet and Alonso Lopez were in action on Sunday at the Austrian GP. At the end of a weekend of unstable weather conditions, with intermittent rain during practice, clear skies greeted the riders at Spielberg on race day.
Seventh in the warmup session, Canet held onto his fourth position from the grid when the race got underway, and immediately tucked in behind the Top 3 as they attempted to break away. On the following laps he began losing ground until dropping to eighth position, but he kept contact with the first group all the time. As the laps went by, the distance grew, and for Canet the race became a question of maintaining the best possible position from then on. Finishing tenth, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider remains fourth in the overall standings, with 118 points.
Lopez made a magnificent start to move up to fifteenth, and was into the points-scoring positions early on. Over the following laps he tried to continue recovering ground, but the intense fight within the group that he found himself in made that task more difficult. In his attempt to up the pace he was hit with a penalty for exceeding the track limits, and was obliged to drop back a position. Finally, he crossed the finish line twenty-fourth. The rookie rider is now ninth in the standings with 31 points.
The next race for the Moto3 World Championship will be held on August 26th: The British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
“It was a difficult race, very hard fought and ridden at a very fast pace. I tried to ride as fast as I could and I gave one hundred percent, but I found it very hard to follow the front group. The positive thing about this Sunday is that we have improved in several aspects, and I think that this will help us a lot in the remaining races. Now we go to Silverstone, a circuit that I like very much and where we will try to improve.”
“I started fairly well. I was up into twelfth at one point, but another rider passed me in a way that made me lose ground. From that moment on I struggled to get back the feeling that I had at the beginning of the race. I know that tight corners are where we have to improve, as we get out of them a little slowly. That’s what my first year is for, however: Learning.”